Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.
I strained a sinew on the day that I slew the three men at Castelnau.
In the dim hall light he realized that her face was strained and set.
"It's over the pulling of Lucretia," a man said, simply to relieve his strained feelings.
Then very clearly Eileen's voice, sharp and strained, reached her ears.